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Mount Washington Alpine Resort, Vancouver Island, Canada

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The Mount Washington Alpine Resort is located on Vancouver Island in the province of British Columbia in Canada . The annual snowfall at Mount Washington is around thirty feet and the resort has a vertical rise of 1657 feet. There are 60 Alpine runs and the slopes are groomed daily. The runs are allocated twenty percent to beginners, 35% intermediate skiers and 40% of the runs to advanced skiers.

There are seven ski lifts consisting of two high speed chairlifts, two fixed grip quads, I triple chair, I double chair and a platter lift. Lessons are available in skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing, you can rent equipment if you don't have your own.

One of the best deals on off is the resort's five day ski week with accommodation at a ski in ski out condominium. The deal also includes five days of lessons and snow tubing as well as a grand finale dinner. Cost of the deal also includes five days lift tickets or trail passes, a social on the Monday night a three hour pass for the Ozone tube park and the final dinner.

Alternatively you can stay at the Alpine Lodge or the Bradley Center if you don't want an inclusive deal. There are a range of restaurants, cafes and snack bars for you to choose from and a range of entertainment at Fat Teddy's Bar. For those who like to shop when they are on holiday there is bound to be something to please in the stores at both the Alpine and the Raven Lodges.

This is the only ski resort on Vancouver Island and while it doesn't have the light fluffy powder you'll find on the mainland and in the Rockies in BC and Alberta they do get quite a bit of snow. Mt. Washington has terrain for all levels, including some really good expert terrain and two parks. On clear days do a little hike up and you can see out over to the nearest town Campbell River and the coastal mountains. It's really beautiful. The locals are friendly and on the weekends all the ski bums on the island go there so head up on a weekday if you're looking for fresh lines and really short queues.

Because of the wet snow you can get crusty conditions but the spring skiing is great. The lift prices are reasonable considering Whistler/Blackcomb's are nearly a hundred dollars. There's some nice on-hill accommodations and Campbell River is also a short drive away. Drive another five hours and you can go surfing!



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